Cinemas: What’s on this week

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Your guide to the latest films on general release.

Mick Haller (Matthew McConaughey) conducts business from the back of a Lincoln Continental sedan driven by former client Earl (Laurence Mason). The defence attorney is used to representing the dregs of society but he hits the jackpot when bail bondsman Val Valenzuela (John Leguizamo) recommends him as counsel for playboy estate agent Louis Roulet (Ryan Phillippe), who has been accused of assault and attempted murder. Louis vigorously maintains his innocence and Haller and private detective Frank Levin (William H Macy) sift through the flimsy evidence. Cracks appear in Roulet’s testimony, reminding Haller of an old case involving convicted murderer Jesus Martinez (Michael Pena). Haller realises he will need more than his usual wheeler-dealer tricks to ensure justice is served.

Rating: Four stars

Chalet Girl (12A)

Tomboy skateboarding prodigy Kim Matthews (Felicity Jones) abandons the sport she loves after her life is touched by tragedy. She settles for a humdrum job in a fast food restaurant so she can take care of her hapless father, Richard (Bill Bailey). In order to earn more money, Kim accepts a position as an Alpine chalet attendant at the highly exclusive St Anton resort. Within minutes of arriving, Kim is put in her place by resident queen bees Georgie (Tamsin Egerton) and Jules (Georgia King). However, the new girl makes an immediate impression on playboy Jonny Madsen (Ed Westwick), son of wealthy, jet-setting couple Richard (Bill Nighy) and Caroline (Brooke Shields), who are renting the chalet that Kim has been hired to maintain.

Rating: Three stars

You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (12A)

Unhappily married Alfie (Anthony Hopkins) has a mid-life crisis and abandons wife Helena (Gemma Jones) for gold-digging ditz Charmaine (Lucy Punch). Helena seeks guidance from a bogus clairvoyant and is delighted when she meets book shop owner Jonathan (Roger Ashton-Griffiths). However, Jonathan is still infatuated with his dead wife and Helena must somehow compete with the memory of the dearly departed. Elsewhere, daughter Sally (Naomi Watts) contemplates a steamy affair with her boss Greg (Antonio Banderas) and is completely oblivious when her novelist husband Roy (Josh Brolin) attempts to cure a nasty bout of writer’s block by pursuing sexy muse, Dia (Freida Pinto).

Rating: Three stars

Submarine (15)

Richard Ayoade (The IT Crowd, The Mighty Boosh) makes an impressive directorial debut with this hysterical coming-of-age story set in windswept Swansea. Schoolboy Oliver Tate (Craig Roberts) is a dreamer determined to lose his virginity to classmate Jordana (Yasmin Paige) and the lad is delighted when his pestering leads eventually to a kiss. “Her mouth tasted of milk, Polo mints and Dunhill International,” he enthuses in voiceover, guiding us through ups and down in the faltering relationship. Meanwhile, his parents Lloyd (Noah Taylor) and Jill (Sally Hawkins) feel the strain when her first love, new age guru Graham (Paddy Considine), returns unexpectedly with a feisty partner Kim-Lin (Gemma Chan) in tow.

Rating: Four stars

Battle: Los Angeles (12A)

It’s August 12, 2011, and capitals around the world are under attack from a mobilised otherworldly force. We rewind 24 hours and follow events leading to first contact and the subsequent bloodbath. Marine Staff Sergeant Michael Nantz (Aaron Eckhart) is drafted to spearhead Second Battalion, Fifth Marines under Second Lieutenant William Martinez (Ramon Rodriguez) – a rising star, who has no active combat experience. Nantz is told to lead his platoon along the coast to a police precinct where survivors are barricaded inside the building, awaiting rescue. Air Force Tech Sergeant Elena Santos (Michelle Rodriguez) joins the search and rescue, and she helps Nantz to shepherd veterinarian Michele (Bridget Moynahan), father Joe Rincon (Michael Pena) and his son Hector (Bryce Cass), plus two children (Joey King, Jadin Gould) to safety.

Rating: Three stars

Fair Game (12A)

Valerie (Naomi Watts), whose CIA status is unknown to almost her entire circle of family and friends, is caught in the crossfire when her husband Joe (Sean Penn) writes a scathing opinion piece for The New York Times. A subsequent article in The Washington Post exposes Valerie and she is shunned by colleagues, including Jack McAllister (Michael Kelly), who need to protect their own identities.

Rating: Four stars

Hall Pass (15)

Maggie (Jenna Fischer) and Grace (Christina Applegate) are sick and tired of their husbands Rick (Owen Wilson) and Fred (Jason Sudeikis) ogling other women. So at the suggestion of their friend Dr Lucy (Joy Behar), an advocate of reactance theory - the notion that if you limit someone’s choices, they will rebel and choose what they cannot have – the women grant their spouses ‘hall passes’ for one week. Rick and Fred hit the town with pals Gary (Stephen Merchant), Hog Head (Larry Joe Campbell) and Flats (JB Smoove) in tow, promising seven days of carnal. Meanwhile, Maggie and Grace leave town with the children and babysitter Paige (Alexandra Daddario), and find some pleasing distractions of their own.

Rating: Three stars

The Resident (15)

Newly divorced ER doctor Juliet Devereau (Hilary Swank) has sworn herself off men after ex-husband Jack (Lee Pace) cheated with another woman. She moves out and is thrilled to find a newly renovated sixth floor apartment with stunning views in her price range, with a hunky yet shy landlord, Max (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), to boot. Max helps her move in and introduces Juliet to his grandfather August (Christopher Lee. Over the coming days, Juliet grows close to Max. However, Juliet hasn’t fully recovered from the breakdown of her marriage and she has a nagging feeling that she is being watched.

Rating: Three stars

The Company Men (15)

Times are tough at General Transportation Systems, a company which once proudly built ships to order. The corporate giant must downsize. Family man Bobby Walker (Ben Affleck), who has grown accustomed to his Porsche and club membership, is axed and bullishly tells his wife Maggie (Rosemarie DeWitt) that he will quickly find another job. Reality bites and while Maggie economises, Bobby sinks into depression

Rating: Three stars